In 2015, International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain.
This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part. The Beijing Platform for Action focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
About 500 people took to Montreal streets Sunday afternoon on International Women's Day to make their voices heard on a range of issues including environmental concerns, the provincial austerity program and wage inequality. Marchers are seen demonstrating in Montreal on International Women's day on March 8, 2015.
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The banner being held on this CTV website: "...Women against the oil pipelines and the oil sands"
in this world where women too often live in poverty
and are not always free to decide
what is good for themselves and their children,
give them, on this international Day of Women,
and each day of their lives and those of their children,
the hope that better days lie ahead
where they will find support and kindness
from those around them.
We join with them to ensure that this happens.